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  • Map of the World “Mappmondo” –  Zatta – 1790

    Map of the World “Mappmondo” – Zatta – 1790

    An unusual copper engraved map of the world in two hemispheres by Antonio Zatta published in Venice in 1790.

    Map dimensions … 26cm by 18cm to the plate mark, 28.5cm by 22.5cm to the edge. Fold marks as issued, page edges slightly askew.

    For the date, post Cook, the depiction of Australia is very strange. Fictitious lines connect Western Australia with the south coast of Tasmania and, from there north east and out to the Solomon Islands and back around to New Guinea. The Gulf of Carpentaria is connect to New Guinea. Australia is named N Olanda. Other curiosities include a strangely drawn Japan and an unnamed Company’s Land peeps out from the extreme north east, for those that are familiar with this curiosity.

    The map appears at first rather basic but on closer inspection one can see topographical features, major mountain ranges are depicted and a number of the worlds major river systems. Uncoloured as it should be. Showing some age but a good honest map of some scarcity and peculiarity.

    Little is known about Antonio Zatta (1757-1797). Even his year of birth and death, usually quoted as above are challenged in some sources which suggest 1722-1804 … maybe the shorter period reflects his map making activity. We can see that this map is by him as his signature appears in the engraving bottom right … we cannot help feel the plate is based on another map, of smaller scale, usually attributed to Giovanni Rizzi Zannoni, also active in Venice during the period.

    Price $320.00 unframed

    Distinctive and Scarce 18th Century World Map with Curiosity

    $320.00

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  • King Bird and Regent Bird of Paradise  – Lemaire 1836

    King Bird and Regent Bird of Paradise – Lemaire 1836

    The most beautiful hand coloured engraving. Executed by Pauquet for Lemaire’s supreme work “Histoire Naturelle des Oiseaux Exotiques” published in Paris 1836.

    The plate is 23cm by 14cm rich creamy paper and in fine condition. The colours are so vivid and, enhanced with gum arabic, they surprise the eye. We think this is maybe the prettiest of the smaller Victorian bird prints

    The King Bird of Paradise and the Regent Bird of Paradise. Two striking male birds. Both frequent the lowland forests of Papua New Guinea. What a place.

    The King Bird of Paradise is often regarded as the most beautiful and during his mating ritual can ruffle his white feathers up so much that he almost looks like a white ball .. with all his finer protruding of course.

    The Regent Bird of Paradise is a cousin to the Australian Regent Bowerbird … the more extensive yellow, particularly across the top of the head is the giveaway.

    Price framed $190.00 unframed

    No birds more beautiful than the Birds of Paradise

    $190.00

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  • Rare Cased Free-Standing Gould Type Microscope – Likely Dollond of London, circa 1840.

    Rare Cased Free-Standing Gould Type Microscope – Likely Dollond of London, circa 1840.

    Most Gould style microscopes screw directly into the case on assembly. This example has its own folding stand and working rack and pinion focus.

    We can find two examples in the collection of the Royal Microscopical Society, London collection. They appear on pages 83 and 84 of the standard reference. First one c1845 by Duncan of Aberdeen, which with its mahogany box is very similar to our example excepting the foot which is a four-limb folding foot. The second example by Dollond has the three-limb folding foot and the clamp ring for holding slide firmly, the arm between the pillar and the body tube is different, regarding that ours is more like the Aberdeen example.

    Whilst the microscope is a offered as a collection item for display it still works and is usable, there are limitations.

    There are six objectives, only two, a low and medium/high power, contain operative lenses; they work well. The objectives screw into the bottom of the body tube and in turn screw into the arm. All threads are fine. The eye piece screws into the body tube, not a push fit, another sign of quality.

    All other parts assemble well with no wobble. The rack and pinion flows evenly from top to bottom. The mirror has a blemish but still provides enough light. There is a live cell in good condition. A tiny threaded brass canister contains tiny round cover slips used with the old slides, an absolute rarity.

    There are five bone slides 84mm of which only three retain any sign of contents; they are numbered. The mahogany box is a nice one, plush lined in burgundy, polished flame veneered. Original lock but missing key. Fitted cabinet work showing age with some chips and minor losses, still protects the parts well. The bottom drawer is aged with some loss near the lock in the floor but again a rarity.

    Second Quarter 19th Century Gould Style Microscope. Scarce a special collector’s item.

    $440.00

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  • Antarctica’s First Lady  – Edith M “Jackie” Ronne.

    Antarctica’s First Lady – Edith M “Jackie” Ronne.

    A special book effectively self-published with the help of the Clifton Steamboat Museum, Beaumont Texas in 2004. Why none of the major travel publishers did not we will never know, for all sorts of reasons an important account

    Octavo, soft cover, 406 pages heavily illustrated from period photographs. Perfect bound, very good condition.

    Finn Ronne was the organiser and leader of the last great privately funded Antarctic venture … the “Ronne Antarctic Research Expedition 1947-1948”. Jackie went along and was, as a result, the First American Woman to Set Foot on the Antarctic Continent and Winter-Over’. Perhaps a careful turn of phrase as Jennie Darlington went with them … it’s a long story.

    Not much in the book about the falling out between the woman. Regardless Jackie played an important part being the main administrator/ recorder of goings on. And there were many of them. Some important work was carried out and a large part of the Antarctic Continent was named after Jackie as a result.

    WE have an original photograph of Jackie and Jennie all furred up ready for the cold weather … its in out collection just search Jennie.

    Edith Ronne (Preferred Jackie) and Antarctic Pioneer

    $60.00

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  • Playing Cards Depicting Maps of the British Isles, and of English and Welsh Counties – Map Collectors’ Circle – Mann and Kingsley

    Playing Cards Depicting Maps of the British Isles, and of English and Welsh Counties – Map Collectors’ Circle – Mann and Kingsley

    The Map Collectors’ Circle publication published No 87 by Sylvia Mann and David Kingsley. Published 1972. A very good copy carrying Australian cartographic expert T.M. Perry’s stamp.

    An unusual subject excellently researched and documented by the authors under the watchful eye of Editor in Chief the one only R.V. Tooley.

    Usual small quarto perfect bound softcover comprising 35 pages of narrative and much mor than a catalogue this time … significant content. Followed by 21 pages of illustration of cards from the late 16thC onwards.

    Playing Cards with Maps .. a rare one and curious.

    $30.00

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  • Mercator’s World – First Six Editions – 1996

    Mercator’s World – First Six Editions – 1996

    The very first group from Vol 1 No 1 to Vol1 No 6 published in 1996 published bimonthly by Astor Publishing by Edward Astor at Astor Publishing. Very good condition.

    With an Editorial and Advisory Board to die for including, Robert Clancy, David Woodward and Peter Van Der Kroot.

    Each edition approximately 100 pages, heavily illustrated mostly in colour. Content extremely well researched and presented.

    By example, the first edition includes … Mythical Seas; Carto controversy; the mapmaker as artist; the Line that Divided the World; the Captain Cook Legacy; the Brilliant Irascible Ferdinand Hassler … and in the second … Cartographic Thievery; Carto philately (love it); Charting Shipwrecks Down Under [New South wales]; the Island of California. Obviously much more.

    Mercator’s World – the important first group of six.

    $120.00

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